Monday, December 23, 2013

This old courthouse - Lee County edition

Back in August I took my youngest to her first Longhorn football game in Austin. Since it was a night game we stayed overnight and headed back home after breakfast the next morning. Just to do something a little different we took 290 back to Houston instead of heading down 71 to I-10.

Our drive took us to Giddings, Texas, about an hour outside Austin. Giddings is the county seat of Lee County and has a gorgeous courthouse just off the main drag.

The courthouse was built in 1899 to replace the one that burned down. It was designed in the so-called Robertson Romanesque style. Instead of placing the courthouse square in the middle of the commercial district, the Lee County Courthouse sits in the middle of a residential area.

Here's a shot from one of the corners. That's my assistant in the green skirt.

 This is a picture of the clock tower.

Here's my assistant standing on the fire escape outside the courthouse.

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